Athletics defeat White Sox, prevent 4-game sweep

OAKLAND, Calif. — Johnny Cueto gave up seven of 4 runs 23 innings in an unusually poor outing, and the White Sox offense was muted in a 10-3 beating on Sunday in Athletics. The result ended the Sox’s four-game winning streak and prevented a four-game series sweep against the worst team in the American League.

The A’s (51-90) had lost five in a row and nine of 10.

The Sox return home satisfied with a 5-2 road trip that began with a series win over the Mariners in the playoffs. The trip included two 20-plus-hits games, a four-run comeback against the Mariners and a five-run outburst in the ninth inning Friday that erased the A’s 3-0 lead.

“We’re going to keep doing what we’ve been doing, holding our heads up high and playing with a lot of energy,” Cueto said.

“It was exceptional, great to see the guys fighting every day, coming back from being down, said interim manager Miguel Cairo, who guided the Sox to a 9-4 record in the absence. from manager Tony La Russa. “We did everything the right way.”

Not much went well on Sunday, however, especially in a six-point fifth-A. Vimael Machin doubled in two runs and Ramon Laureano got a second life after third baseman Leury Garcia dropped a rude pop near the dugout and ended an 0-fo-18 skid with a homer by two points. Cuteo did not finish the inning and allowed eight hits and five earned runs.

Seth Brown dropped an RBI brace past center fielder Adam Engel in the first after Engel broke late and a pop fly fell between shortstop Elvis Andrus, Garcia and left fielder AJ Pollock , plays in Cairo awarded what he called the majors’ toughest sunfield.

Either way, it was the first time in 11 road starts that Cueto didn’t get a quality start, and his ERA went from 2.87 to 3.09.

“He was fighting,” Cairo said. “A few pitches were flat and he only had one bad inning. That was the game.”

Eloy Jimenez hit a double and a single to represent two of the Sox’s four hits a day after the Sox had 20 hits and three days after they had 21. Jimenez is 13 for 25 with three home runs, two doubles and nine RBI in their last six games.

Anderson sees a specialist on Tuesday

Tim Anderson sees a hand specialist on Tuesday, waiting for the go-ahead to start catching and swinging a bat. Recovering from surgery on his left middle finger, Anderson has been limited to throwing and conditioning and hopes to be available for the final week of the season.

No Moncada, Robert, Harrison

Third baseman Yoan Moncada got the day off and center fielder Luis Robert missed his fifth straight game with wrist and left hand pain.

“[Moncada] played five [games] on the road after coming back from a hamstring injury,” said Cairo. “A precaution. Make sure he receives today and [Monday off day] so he will be there on Tuesday.

Jose Harrison was scheduled to play third base, but he was taken out late due to flu-like symptoms and was replaced by Garcia.

Robert struck again in the cages but Engel started in the middle.

“For Tuesday, for sure, if all goes well [Sunday]Tuesday [at home against Colorado] I think he’s going to be in the lineup, Cairo said.

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